Posted by cathie on December 3, 2012

Did you get your winter issue of “Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine” yet? In that particular issue I shared with you my recent twist on a fabulous technique that has been in my “stamping world” since almost the dawn of my stamping days. I have been using stamps and ink for 30 years and I am seeing so many “amazing techniques” become new “again” that I thought I would add to that “new again”. Of course … my version of “Joseph Coat” could not have happened without the original technique and I would love to give credit to the creative soul that came up with it but “that” was so long ago, that my memory of where it came from is not with me anymore. BUT I hope you are loving “my twist” AND if anyone remembers where the original idea came from, I would love to hear from you. I ALWAYS like to give credit where credit is due so a little help in this direction would be much, much appreciated.

In my last blog I shared a tag version, jump off of what was shared in the magazine and with these photos I just wanted to show you what happens when you change up the colors.  I added embellishments that are “jump offs” from ideas that I shared with you in the book that I wrote for the great “series”, The Canadian Scrapbooker Basics. Vol #6  that is now out and on the news stand or you can order directly thru Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. Anyway, the colors for these tags that of course will be on some very special Christmas presents this year were robin’s egg and three colors from the provence pigment petal point, cerulean, merlot and chestnut. I then used the silver segment from the alchemy, metallic petal point that is of course pigment ink. Gotta love that pigment ink as you know that these colors are going to stay true for years and years and years. I finished up with frost white … yes, Clearsnap’s pigment ink line … ROCKS. Make sure you have re-inkers for your stamp pads because you will have so much fun making these  that I think like myself more  projects will jump off from these ideas and you will NEED ink to continue. Stamp pads  = your car …. re-inkers for your stamp pads = the gas.

The poinsettia of course is that “drop dead jumbo stamp” from Stampendous and the diamond die is from Spellbinders. The multi-level, mini tag die is from Impression Obsession and the “mini-tag” text image is from Impression Obsession too. The background images that I forced into my multi-layers of embossing are from Impression Obsession as well. … they have such cool stuff! If you like the “old world” feel to my “joy” and my frame, I used Clearsnap’s, silver metallic ink in combination with their asparagus embossing powder. Yes, the ink you cover your die cuts with WILL affect your choice of embossing powder and this combo was “old world, yummy”! So have a peek. I’ve included a photo of the original piece of cardstock that will of course become a page in the near future. Love, love how this custom colored piece of Superstock turned out. Remember … what you are looking at WAS all simply pieces of my favourite cardstock, white Superstock. The ribbon too was simply white ribbon and my Clearsnap pigment ink, changed that too. ENJOY!

STAY TUNED … there is more to come. Did you know that making truly special Christmas tags for my family is one of the hi-lights of my season. One day I will share with you a photo of my daughters’s Christmas trees. They truly are “memory filled” as they are covered in years of the tags I have made for them, most of them incorporating photos of them and of course my grandchildren. LOVE THIS!

Yes, Clearsnap pigment ink and a fabulous snowflake image from Stampendous made this white piece of Superstock “not even close” to white, anymore!


The first tag has no photo so it can grace any lucky present under my tree. By adding a beautiful photo of a beautiful, “grandyounglady” not only does it visually tell you who the package is for but Oh! What a keepsake!



  1. Faye Says:

    Gorgeous Cathie, keep ’em coming! I can’t believe what a beauty your “Grandlady” is growing up to be!


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